I recently ran into this dilemma and I need both you and your readers' opinion on it.
I'm a PhD organic chemist currently working outside of chemistry making a decent-but-not-PhD-chemist wages. I've been yearning to get back in chemistry for a while now and has been seriously applying for chemistry-related jobs for over 6 months now. Suffice it to say that I did not get much attention from anyone.
Anyhow, I recently moved my job hunt overseas, and because of my language skills, I was quickly offered a position.
Here is my problem: my wife has zero intention of moving overseas. Granted, the salary they offered me is about half of what I'm making now, but I can offset that by living in a cheaper country and in my parents' house.
I desperately want to get back into chemistry, but it seems my wife is more concerned about living overseas. Now, the question is, should I take the job?
Thanks,That's a tough one, X. Personally, I would factor my wife's desires into my desires for a career in a specific field. Is a life working as a chemist really worth 1) moving, 2) getting a lower salary and 3) risking my marriage? For the most part, I'd say 'no' and I suspect that most people would as well. Of all of these factors, it is the objections of my spouse that I would take most into consideration. You can have many careers, but spouses are relatively few.
That said, there are plenty of folks who have made big, big sacrifices to keep working in chemistry. To each their own.
It's sad that, at the moment, organic chemistry isn't allowing people the ability to 1) find jobs where they live and 2) employ everyone who wishes to be employed in the field. Best wishes to you, X, and to all of us.
Readers, your thoughts?